Villarreal v Barcelona Preview

March 2, 2015 | By

Coral Free BetsSpanish Copa del Rey Semi Final 2nd Leg action on Wednesday Night comes from the Camp El Madrigal and features Villarreal versus Barcelona.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 5 High Definition with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Villarreal v Barcelona Preview, Copa del Rey Semi Final 2nd Leg, Wednesday 4th March 2015.

This game on Wednesday night brings us Villarreal against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi final match. The first leg at the Nou Camp was a very exciting game with plenty of chances created. The game ended in a 3-1 win for Barcelona which, leaves this game with Villarreal having it all to do however, they do have the quality to turn this match around and if they win 2-0 they will win the tie on the away goal rule.

Villarreal are in some good form right now only having managed to suffer one defeat in their last five games played. In their last game they surprised everybody and and took a point away from the Santiago Bernabeu in a 1-1 draw with league leaders Real Madrid. Villarreal are currently sat in a respectable sixth place in the table and have racked up a total of 45 Points from 25 Games played.

Barcelona head into this game in firm control of the tie and a few players might be rested as they have a busy schedule and a hard game coming up at home to Manchester City in the Champions League. Barcelona are in 2nd place in the table on 59 points from 25 games played, they are also just two points behind Real Madrid.

Villarreal Team News:

Villarreal manager Marcelino has a few injury headaches heading into this tough game. Marin has a hamstring injury, whilst Jokic is suffering from a arthroscopie. Captain Soriano will also miss out with a problem to his tibia.

Barcelona Team News:

Luis Enrique will be quietly confident in this game as he has no fresh injury concerns. Vermaelen remains the only casualty for Barcelona. I expect them to drop either Suarez or Neymar as they are already in control of the tie.

Villarreal v Barcelona Head to Head Statistics:

In the last 33 head to head encounters between these two clubs we have seen Barcelona win on 18 occasions and also drawing 7 times. Villarreal have only won 8 times against Barcelona with 5 coming at home.

11/02/15 CDR Barcelona – Villarreal 3 : 1
01/02/15 PRD Barcelona – Villarreal 3 : 2
31/08/14 PRD Villarreal – Barcelona 0 : 1
27/04/14 PRD Villarreal – Barcelona 2 : 3
14/12/13 PRD Barcelona – Villarreal 2 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the four games played out between these two La Liga sides, we have seen a total of 12 goals scored. All of these goals have been scored by the giants Barcelona and we have no records of Elche ever putting a ball into Barcelona’s net. The average goals per game is currently 4 which could very well be a solid choice for Thursdays game.

Villarreal v Barcelona Recent Form (Left to Right)

Villarreal: L W W W D

Barcelona: W W L W W

Barcelona are by far the better team in form here yet did surprisingly lose to Malaga recently. Villarreal have only lost once in their last five games and they have won three times and drew once.

Villarreal v Barcelona Match Betting Odds Market

Villarreal have a mountain to climb to even beat Barcelona, let alone progress into the next round with a Two goal disadvantage. The bookmakers best odds on the home win can be seen here @ 17/4 with PaddyPower – £50 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw suggests that it also is an unlikely result and will only happen if Barcelona fail to bring their shooting boots. The bookmakers best odds on the two team drawing can be seen coming in here @ 7/2 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

Barcelona I can imagine that they might rest a couple of players going into this game as they would need to play very bad to lose by more than two goals. The best price is coming in @ 8/13 with LadBrokes – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

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Villarreal v Barcelona Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Cope del Rey second leg action on Wednesday is bought to you live on Sky Sports5 High Definition, where home side Villarreal welcome yet again Barcelona to their ground. The first leg ended up 3 – 1 to Barcelona with Messi scoring again, while Iniesta and Pique were the other two to get on the score sheet that night. Barcelona will be expected to rest a few players in this match as they have a very busy schedule over the next few weeks.

Villarreal know that if they are to get something from this game then they will have to defend very well and definitely need to be the first team on the score sheet. In the last five games played between these club we can see that Barcelona have won all five of those games which, might be playing on the minds of the Villarreal players and they will need to quickly get that out of their head.

My predictions for this game does see Barcelona continue their winning streak against Villarreal, although I do believe that Villarreal will score so it is going to be Barcelona to win and both teams to score.

My saver will be a correct score bet of 2-1 to Barcelona as with Villarreal having secured a very good 1-1 draw away against Real Madrid last time out in the league, they will certainly have confidence going into this one.

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